Carroll Gibbons is one of several famous musicians
buried at Brookwood who have an entry in the
Dictionary of National
He was an American-born musician, bandleader and
composer who made his career primarily in Britain. In his late teens he
travelled to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1924 he
returned to London with the Boston Orchestra for an engagement at the Savoy
Hotel. He liked Britain so much that he settled there and later became the
co-leader (with Howie Jacobs) of the Savoy Hotel Orpheans and the bandleader of
the New MayFair Orchestra, which recorded for the Gramophone Company on the
Gibbons made occasional return trips to the United
States but settled permanently in England, though he did spend a couple of
years (1930-31) in Hollywood, where he worked as a staff composer for MGM
films. He took exclusive leadership of the Savoy Hotel Orpheans, which
recorded hundreds of popular songs between 1932 and his death in London at
the early age of 51.
As a composer, Gibbons' most popular songs included "A
Garden in the Rain" (1928) and
The Air" (1932). The latter became his
signature tune. He recorded many popular tunes of the danceband era, many of
which are still available.
He is buried near to the chapel in plot 124.